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Meshing WiFi in a San Francisco housing project

Wired has a great story about a meshing wireless network that's been deployed in a grim San Francisco housing project, giving residents and their kids access to the Internet. It's a really heartwarming story of community-initiated sustainable development:
Last month, volunteers turned on a novel broadband network in this 135-unit block, throwing a digital lifeline to Emma Casey and other tenants. Using a refurbished PC she picked up for $100, the 47-year-old mother of two adult children is now going online to help her son find a job, get health information and, she says, pay tribute to neighbors who've met with violent or untimely deaths.

"I want to get more literate," says Casey, who receives disability payments, and subsists on just over $1,000 a month. "I see other people working on computers, and little kids pecking on the things, and I thought to myself: 'I've got to learn.'"